Grain Barge

Music

Every Friday night we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.
Doors open at 8pm.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7



JULY




ANDY J WILLIAMS ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

Friday 10th July, 8pm

"soaring guitars touched with electronic wizardry"
- Venue

"great music and lyrics that provoke thought throughout"
- IndieBandGuru.com

"clever lyrics dripping with pathos and irony"
- BBC Introducing

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HARBOURFEST 2015

Saturday 18th 12-9pm & Sunday 19th July 1-7pm,

Two days of live music, DJs, food stalls and Bristol Beer Factory bar, glorious sunshine (fingers crossed) and, of course, the fantastic view from the harbour.

>>>>> SATURDAY <<<<<<
8:40pm
THE DUKES OF MUMBAI
Red-hot and riff-tastic surf garage pop instrumentalists.

7:40pm
SCHNAUSER
Fantastic Prog-Pop mixed with whimsical Psychedelia.

6:30pm
JILK
A bewildering collage of home-found sounds with the ambient soundscapes of washy synths, insect-like clicks & cuts, and huge gorgeous waves of all encompassing experimental noise.

5:30pm
WASUREMONO
Beautiful Dream Pop inventions from Bradford on Avon.

4:15pm
THE RELAY RIPS
Upbeat horn-fuelled folk-rock, skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll.

3pm
THE EVIL USSES
No Wave Jazz Rock quartet causing sensory explosion.

2pm
SNOWAPPLE
Three sparkling Dutch ladies making sweet, earthy and harmonic Folk Chanson.

1pm
WOODLICE
Ace Folk-Punk-Pop from Jet MacDonald and band.

12pm
THE TIXX
Golden voiced Folk duo.

>>>> SUNDAY <<<<<

6pm
POOR OLD DOGS
Wild, raucous and unruly Folk-Stomp ensemble.

5pm
THEE MANATEES
A Lynchian mix of Blues, Roots and Garage-Noir.

4pm
CEILIDH DANCE with MR MEDLER

3pm
THOMAS FORD
A one man blues cyclone from Plymouth. Delta guitar picking, blues shouting giant and fire-breathing harmonica colossus.

2pm
HUSKY TONES
Soulful, heartfelt blues performed with a rich, raw and energetic sound.

1pm
CROW PUPPETS
Devonshire folk duo weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics.



BURGESS & SLIDE

Thursday 23rd July , 8pm, £3 entry

Burgess and Slide are an East Bristol trio playing 21st century country blues and telling tales of the common folks lives in songs you can dance, weep and drink to.

Lead vocalist and wordsmith in chief, Burgess’s voice is equal parts silk and gravel. His trademark unhurried delivery is reminiscent of Fred Neil and Jackson C. Frank, punctuated by Dylan inspired harmonica breaks. Slide Hambidge drives the music with his intricate guitar work and idiosynchratic rhythms developed before his previous career as guitarist to John E. Vistic.

Stand up bass man Bill Crampton’s deep tones make the music stomp and pump, ebb and flow. The sound is as infectious as it is intriguing.

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+ LEO JAMES

Drawing influence from past and present folk, blues and country musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, Leo’s music has been described as soulful mix of no nonsense honest song writing, warm husky vocals, intricate finger style and shimmering lap steel guitar work.

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+ BECCY ELDER

Gentle and evocative country folk and Americana.

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WHITEMANFERNO

Thursday 30th July , 8pm, £3 entry

Formed in 2012 to arrest the alarming decline in middle class gangster rap groups, Whitemanferno bring you their unique take on hip-hop, funk, and party classics. With only one member over 30, and a ringing endorsement from their Mums, these four Bristolian lads present a set full of surprises, from Snoop to Stevie, and Cameo to Coolio.

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AUGUST




CIRCE'S DINER

Thursday 6th August, 8pm

Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian five piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed.
With an impressive back catalogue of original material and performances in some of Bristol’s most nostalgic venues including The Fleece, The Folk House and The Thekla, Circe’s Diner are set to release their first EP in the spring next year, fortuitously coinciding with the premier of ‘High Tide’, a new indie film staring Melanie Walters, which features one of their songs on the soundtrack.


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WILL MCNICOL & LUKE SELBY

Thursday 27th August, 8pm

Since their formation as a duo in mid 2013, multi award-winning acoustic guitarist Will McNicol and drummer Luke Selby have been gaining rave reviews for their live performances up and down the country. Both highly respected and in-demand instrumentalists in their respective fields, the combination of Will’s intricate melodic fingerstyle playing on both steel and nylon string guitars and Luke’s explosive rhythms on kit and percussion has been making a unique impression.

Setting themselves a mission of traversing the globe in their live performances, the duo draw on influences from Brazilian sambas through to driving West-African rhythms, Celtic folk melodies to North American foot-stamping blues numbers. Combining this worldwide diversity with Will & Luke's virtuosic instrumental aility and sensitive musicaility has created an exhilerating live show, full of surprises which have gained them more than a few standing ovations. Their passion for musical traditions from around the world has culminated in a collection of diverse original compositions, as well as-reworkings of seminal works in a vareity of genres, which have been released as their debut album "Hitchhiker".

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